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The Grim Enterprise Of What's Next For The Raptors

by Colin McGowan

May 6, 2018 5:04 PM

It certainly feels like the end of an aspirational era the city of Toronto has been enjoying and suffering, dreaming and cringing through. After everything that's happened, after emptying the tank down 0-2 in a Game 3 and losing on an instantly iconic shot from your perennial tormentor, all optimism disintegrates. Read more »

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Present Versus Future In The Eastern Conference

by Jonny Auping

May 3, 2018 10:32 AM

While the Raptors are trying to finally get past LeBron, the other side of the East features a pair of teams expected to dominate it for the next decade. Read more »

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Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Apr 12, 2018 7:51 PM

We look at the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »

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Toronto Versus A Vulnerable East And Their Own Playoff History

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors have convinced no one south of Ontario that this is the year they're making a Finals run because that's not something they can do with even an immensely impressive regular season. Read more »
Projected 2018 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Approximately 80 percent of the league will be over the cap. The cap spike that caused multiple teams to have copious amounts of cap space each summer from 2015 through 2017 has now flattened out Read more »
DeRozan, Love & My Experience With Mental Health Through The NBA

by Andrew Perna

The courage it took DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love to speak their truths is far greater than anything they'll achieve on a basketball court. Read more »
Eastern Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

With the Trade Deadline just a few days away, it is time to look at which teams are Buyers, Sellers, Either or Neither. Read more »
2017 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors, Rockets, Cavaliers, Celtics and 76ers enter 2018 as the top-5 teams in terms of players and assets. Read more »
Season Questions: Are The Raptors Still The East's 3rd Best Team?

by Brett Koremenos

Though it's not as sexy as what other clubs have done this summer, Toronto's commitment to continuity has them in an enviable spot out East. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors are fine, and fine is a hard place to get to. They've got three more years of Lowry and DeRozan, three more years of playoffs. That's more than most. Read more »
Atlantic Division Offseason Review

by Keith P Smith

Breaking down the short-term and long-term grades for the offseason moves of the Celtics, Knicks, Nets, 76ers and Raptors. Read more »
2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Re-Sign Kyle Lowry, Give Core Three More Years

by Christopher Reina

The Raptors were able to avoid giving Kyle Lowry more than a three-year deal, which not coincidentally lines up with the end of Serge Ibaka's deal and when DeMar DeRozan can become a free agent. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Serge Ibaka Stays With Raptors For $65M Over Three Years

by Christopher Reina

Serge Ibaka has all the tools to be the perfect complementary big man for the modern NBA with his floor spacing on offense and shotblocking on defense, but his game has fallen off even if he remains a productive starter. Read more »
2017 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

by Keith P Smith

The Raptors have two starters and two of their top reserves becoming free agents. Without viable backups ready to step in behind them, that puts added pressure on Masai Ujiri to retain each player. Read more »
Appreciating The NBA For More Than Its Champion-Crowning Exercise

by Colin McGowan

The inevitability of it is only a problem in the run-up to the actual event: Golden State and Cleveland are the two best teams in the league, which is what we want in a Finals, right? And they often draw exquisite basketball out of each other. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Cavaliers Vs. Raptors Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Dwane Casey's difficult decision on when and how much to play Jonas Valanciunas and whether the Cavaliers should trap DeMar DeRozan instead of continuing their conservative approach on defense. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Raptors Vs. Bucks Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Looking at the best way for the Bucks to use Giannis Antetokounmpo against a Toronto defense bolstered at the deadline to stop a player like him (i.e. LeBron) and how much should Jonas Valanciunas be featured on offense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »